It’s official. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is absolutely real, and it’s coming this fall for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC platforms.
We received an official release from 2K Games this morning. The release, which you can read in full at the base of this post by clicking the fancy button, included links to the trailer you see above and the swath of screenshots in the gallery below.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as one embargo-breaking outlet already indicated earlier this week, will take place on the moon of Pandora. Players will serve as lieutenants below Handsome Jack before his rise to villainy.
The game will offer four completely new playable characters, low-gravity mechanics and an interesting oxygen mechanic that we’ll certainly learn more about in the coming months.
Now, this is my only complaint about this news, but I’ll lob it out there for you to consider: why no PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release? I mean, I’m happy to put this on my PC, but the consoles will be a year old by the time this game launches. It seems extremely odd that the game won’t straddle both generations.
We have an appointment scheduled to check out Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at PAX East this weekend. Stay tuned for our coverage.
Until then, what do you think of this news?
2K and Gearbox Software Announce Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel™
New York, NY – April 9, 2014 – 2K and Gearbox Software announced today that Borderlands®: The Pre-Sequel™, an all-new standalone Borderlands game set in-between the award-winning Borderlands and Borderlands 2, is currently in co-development by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available worldwide in fall 2014 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC.
“Borderlands is one of 2K’s premiere franchises, and Borderlands 2 is the highest-selling title in the history of our company,” said Christoph Hartmann, President of 2K. “Fans are clamoring for an all-new, triple-A Borderlands experience, and we will deliver just that with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.”
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launches players to Pandora’s moon to experience wild, gravity-bending gunfights in zero-atmosphere environments using an array of all-new weaponry. For the very first time, fans play on the other side as four new playable characters contributing to the rise of the Hyperion Corporation. Fighting alongside Handsome Jack, players witness his transformation into the megalomaniacal tyrant that fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.
“Since Gearbox Software first created the Borderlands franchise, we never dreamed of this much love and support from gamers,” added Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. “We are grateful that the incredible talent at 2K Australia has been able to jump in with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel to help it live up to the high standards that Borderlands fans have come to expect.”
“Gearbox has entrusted 2K Australia with the co-development of their award-winning franchise and we are committed to delivering an all-new shoot ‘n’ loot experience that fans will love,” concluded Tony Lawrence, general manager of 2K Australia. “Fans will see for themselves at PAX East that there’s nothing quite like moon jumping in a low-gravity gunfight, completely freezing a moon bandit with one of the new Cryo weapons, and then shattering him into little pieces that float off into space. It’s pretty epic.”
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is coming to the PAX East fan convention in Boston this weekend. Located at booth #962, attendees can get a first look at the game in action, grab PAX East-exclusive Borderlands swag, and participate in a sweepstakes to win even more real-life loot.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available in fall 2014 for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PC. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit the official Borderlands web site, follow @borderlands on twitter, become a fan of Borderlands on Facebook, and subscribe to the new Borderlands channel on YouTube.
About Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is the newest entry in the critically acclaimed Borderlands franchise that is currently being co-developed by Gearbox Software and 2K Australia. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel continues the franchise’s tradition of industry-leading co-op, allowing up to four players to experience all-new low-gravity, shoot ‘n’ loot gameplay on Pandora’s moon. Featuring four new playable character classes armed with powerful laser and icy Cryo weapons, players will battle against an array of new enemies. Taking place in-between the events of Borderlands and Borderlands 2, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel showcases Handsome Jack’s transformation into the ruthless tyrant fans loved to hate in Borderlands 2.
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Founded in 2006 and based in Canberra, 2K Australia has played an integral role in the development of 2K’s critically acclaimed BioShock franchise – working closely on BioShock and BioShock Infinite, as well as supporting the development of BioShock 2. 2K Australia is currently co-developing the next installment in the Borderlands franchise with Gearbox Software, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel.
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